Monday, January 9, 2017

Emanual Maverakis, MD



Emanual Maverakis, MD-    Principal Investigator

Dr. Maverakis runs a UC Davis clinic that specializes in the treatment of patients with severe immune-mediated diseases involving the skin and skin cancers such as melanoma and cutaneous T cell lymphoma. He is also an immunology researcher who holds early career awards from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the Burroughs Wellcome Fund.
“In order to gain insight into the pathogenesis of autoimmunity the first step is to identify and characterize the T cells involved.”
Dr. Maverakis became interested in immunology as an undergraduate at the University of California-Los Angeles where he earned departmental honors for his work on a mouse model of multiple sclerosis, experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis. He then continued his research endeavors at Harvard Medical School (HMS) in Boston where he graduated summa cum laude in 2003. He is in a elite group of only 15 students in over 220 years to have graduated with highest honors from HMS. After completing an internship in internal medicine at Harvard’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Dr. Maverakis came to UC Davis to complete a residency in dermatology and in 2007 he joined the faculty. He holds appointments in the Department of Dermatology and in the Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology. 
His lab investigates the pathophysiology of autoimmunity, how T cells (a type of white blood cell) develop and mature, and cancer immunotherapy.  His group is also interest in how foods interact with our immune system; how the immune system recognizes cancer, especially melanoma; developing novel hydrogels, especially with regards to delivering stem cells and immunotherapeutics; clinical trial design, and outcome measures.  Some diseases of special interest include psoriasis, scleroderma, pyoderma gangrenous, pemphigus vulgaris, bullous pemphigoid, melanoma, and cutaneous T cell lymphoma.  

Education
B.S. Microbiology and Molecular Genetics-                 University of California, Los Angeles
M.D. Medicine with special studies in Immunology-                        Harvard Medical School

Honors and Awards
MD Summa Cum Laude, Harvard Medical School | NIH Director's New Innovator Award, National Institutes of Health | Career Award for Medical Scientists, Burroughs Welcome Fund | Physician-Scientist Career Award, Howard Hughes Medical Institute | PECASE, President Barack Obama